ALBANY, NY (AP) — A decision by California regulators has cleared the way for New York to move forward with its goal of requiring all new cars and trucks sold in the state to be zero-emissions by 2035, New York Gov. . Kathy Hochul said Thursday.
State regulations to be drafted by the end of the year would require 35% of new vehicle sales to be zero-emission vehicles by 2026, 68% by 2030 and 100% by 2035.
“We’re really stepping on the accelerator and stepping up our efforts to make sure we have this transition,” Hochul, a Democrat, said at a news conference. “We had to wait for California to take a step because there are some federal requirements. … But once they made that decision, we could immediately stand up and say, ‘Now nothing can stop us.'”
Under the Clean Air Act, states can adhere to U.S. government emissions standards or choose to follow California’s stricter requirements. New York is one of 17 states that follow California standards in whole or in part. Regulators in California last month decided that all new vehicles sold in that state must run on electricity or hydrogen by 2035.
New York lawmakers passed a law last year that set a goal to make all passenger cars and trucks zero-emissions by 2035, but it couldn’t get that plan in motion until California acted.
Under the proposed rules, people would not have to give up gas-powered cars and could continue to buy and sell them second-hand.
Realizing electric vehicles requires major public and private investments in a huge system of charging stations. New York has received $175 million in federal funding to expand access to charging stations.
Maysoon Khan is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a national, not-for-profit service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on classified issues. Follow Maysoon Khan on Twitter.